Doctors Testify Against Letting NPs Practice Independently
OSAE members testified on the proposed practice
Advance practice nurses say they could expand Ohioans access to health care, but they are limited because they have to maintain supervision agreements with physicians. At a hearing on April 30, advance practice nurses, as well as Americans For Prosperity, AARP and Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging were among those that spoke in favor of the change.
But physician groups say these supervision agreements aren’t just red tape, but are necessary rules to protect patient safety, since NPs have less education than physicians.
Representatives from Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, Ohio American College of Emergency Physicians, Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio all testified against the bill at a May 14 hearing.
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